New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Helping to balance the scales of justice for everyone since 1971.

Domestic Violence Legal Help

Domestic Violence Legal Help

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Project represents victims in emergency protective order hearings and in divorce and parenting (custody) cases. The issues typically addressed in these cases are the following: restraining orders and emergency relief, parental rights and responsibilities (child custody and visitation), paternity, child support, alimony and property division.

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Public Benefits

Public Benefits

Benefits Project advocates help individuals obtain the assistance they need to stabilize their income and move toward self-sufficiency as possible. Advocates help the disabled obtain Social Security, SSI, and APTD benefits and access to health care through Medicare and Medicaid. The Project also works for improvements in the APTD/Medicaid system.

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Housing Legal Services

Housing Legal Services

NHLA focuses its efforts on a variety of housing issues with its Housing Justice Project.

Housing Justice Project (HJP) attorneys and paralegals promote equal access to housing for NHLA clients by working on preserving their housing. The HJP helps individuals and families who are either currently without shelter or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The HJP also investigates complaints of discrimination and assists people who are victims of housing discrimination.

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Special Projects

Special Projects

NHLA responds to the emerging needs of clients with new projects and efforts, often in collaboration with other organizations in the state.  Some of these include programs concerning Childrens Dental Health, as well as the Youth Law Project, which works with children and teenagers who are facing delinquency or CHINS petitions.

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Legal Services for Older Adults

Legal Services for Older Adults

The Senior Law Project (SLP) assists our state’s most economically and socially needy seniors with civil legal problems including consumer protection/debt collection, health care, public and private housing, family problems, food stamps, public assistance benefits, utility shut-off, and nursing facility and assisted living/residential care facilities problems.


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Our Mission

PLEASE NOTE: 

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, New Hampshire Legal Assistance is OPEN. We have made some changes to protect the health of our staff and our clients. Staff are generally working from home. We are not answering telephone calls live. Instead, leave a message and we will call you back. We are also not taking walk-in clients at our offices. Instead, please call us or apply for help online at www.nhlegalaid.org


NHLA's mission is to fulfill America’s promise of equal justice by providing civil legal services to New Hampshire’s poor, including education and empowerment, advice, representation, and advocacy for systemic change.

We offer our clients high-quality civil legal aid to address the legal problems that affect their daily survival and most basic needs. These services range from simple legal information and advice to vigorous and thorough representation in all of New Hampshire's courts and before many of the local, state and federal agencies which play large roles in their lives. In providing legal services to the poor, NHLA helps ensure the legal system provides the fairness and justice that all New Hampshire residents deserve. 

NHLA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in the delivery of services.

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Latest News

Questions about eviction? Our new clinic can help.

Posted Jan 15, 2021

New Legal Help for Tenants Facing Eviction

New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) and the Legal Advice and Referral Center (LARC) will begin offering a free, weekly online Eviction Clinic to the public on January 20.
During the weekly sessions, attorneys and paralegals will provi ...read more

More rental assistance headed to NH

Posted Dec 30, 2020

By Daniela Allee, NH Public Radio
New Hampshire will receive $200 million for emergency rental assistance as part of the federal government’s new COVID-19 relief bill. Eligible renters will receive assistance to pay for rent and utility payments, and any unpaid utility bills or rent. ...read more

Landlords finding way around eviction ban

Posted Dec 22, 2020

By Kyle Stucker, Portsmouth Herald
Local landlords, according to a New Hampshire attorney who represents them, are now successfully using health and safety arguments to “couch” their efforts to evict tenants who are behind on rent because a federal COVID-19 moratorium prevents nonpayment evic ...read more

Eviction ban isn't stopping evictions

Posted Dec 21, 2020

By Jessica Moran, WMURJust as tenants are being pushed against the wall, so are landlords. There is unfortunately nowhere for people to go. ...read more